Conservatives must always lose for there to be progress

Last updated: 15 June 2020

The definition of conservatism and liberalism changes with time as do all human ideas but the general idea always remains. Conservatives want to hold on to the status quo and many yearn for a simpler time or golden era to which they wish society to return. Liberals on the other hand are open to social changes and many embrace radical reforms.

In this writing, I focus on the United States of America which tends to be amongst the last of the developed nations to grant the various liberties and justices to its people.

"… the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." – Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968)
Subject Means of victory Date of victory
Slavery 13th amendment 18 December 1865
Conservatives wanted to preserve slavery and liberals wanted to liberate the slaves. Unfortunately, the 13th amendment did not abolish slavery for prisoners, something unique in the developed world. Many prisoners have been worked to death or disablement and minorities have been imprisoned solely for the purpose of supplying slaves or to meet occupancy quotas.
Women's suffrage 19th amendment 18 August 1920
Conservatives wanted to preserve male dominance and liberals wanted to empower women. Unfortunately, the right to vote has been rendered unimportant to many citizens due to gerrymandering and the continued existence of the Electoral College.
Abortion Supreme Court (Roe v. Wade) 22 January 1973
Conservatives wanted to preserve control over women‘s reproductive system and liberals wanted to free women from control. Unfortunately, conservatives still manage to significantly limit abortion access through dishonest legislative manoeuvres.
Same-sex marriage Supreme Court (Obergefell v. Hodges) 26 June 2015
Conservatives wanted to preserve heterosexual monopoly on the institution of marriage and the legal protections it provides and liberals wanted to grant the same rights to couples of the same sex.
Sexual orientation and gender identity employment discrimination protection Supreme Court (Bostock v. Clayton County) 15 June 2020
Conservatives wanted to preserve the right to discriminate against minority sexual orientations and gender identities in the name of religious freedom and liberals wanted to grant the aforementioned minorities employment protection.